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Just how hackable is your digital life?

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | Sept. 25, 2012
When Wired News reporter Mat Honan had his digital life hacked—and subsequently, virtually wiped out—in August, the significant loss of data he endured wasn't the scariest part of the experience. Much more terrifying was the method by which hackers drilled into his digital accounts.

McLean suggests that taking minimal security precautions is like outrunning a bear: You don't have to be faster than the bear; you just have to be faster than your friend who's also being chased.

Hackers are smart, but they're also somewhat lazy. So unless you happen to be a high-profile target, a hacker will likely give up if your data defenses prove to be too difficult to breach. Mat Honan's hackers even admitted that their attack was nothing personalthey simply wanted to break into his Twitter account because the three-character handle "@mat" signified the property of a Twitter superuser. Nothing more, and nothing less.

Ultimately, even taking small security steps, such as creating an eight-character password instead of a five-character password, can protect your personal information just well enough to convince hackers to move on to the next digital door.

 

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